When Matt Rhule was first hired by Baylor University to take over their football program, the first hire he made was Evan Cooper as his Director of Player Personnel. Cooper's strength in recruiting were his connections to the state of Florida, where he is from and began his coaching career at Miami as a graduate assistant under then coach Al Golden.
The 2017 class saw Baylor target a select few recruits in Florida, including pushing out one of their very first offers to eventual commitment Demarco Artis. The 2018 class has continued that with one commitment from the state in wide receiver Tyquan Thornton. This week, the Bears continued their push into the state of Florida with four offers.
Baylor first offered pass rusher Ricky Williams from Tampa, FL. Baylor is his first power-5 offer, joining Akron, Buffalo, Southern Miss and Troy. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Williams is a versatile defender, able to play defensive end or linebacker.
McMillian has tremendous size for a cornerback at 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds. He recently was offered by Mississippi State, to go along with offers from Toledo and Southern Mississippi. Scout's Corey Bender caught up with the rising corner after his offer from Mississippi State.
Oladele is a 3-star defensive end out of Miami, currently committed to Florida State. He is 6-foot-5, and profiles as a true defensive end in the Bears system. He also has offers from Florida, Georgia, Miami, Oregon and a host of other power-five schools. He chose the Seminoles for their ideal fit back in early-March.
The final offer was sent to Scout-300 safety Nabad Joseph, ranked 281st in the nation. The four-star is a long-time LSU commit, having chosen then back in June 2016. With offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Oregon, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, Joseph is in very high demand.
While the state of Texas will be the home of almost all of the Baylor signees, the Bears have identified Florida as a place to supplement their recruiting at. With one signee in 2017 and a current commit for the 2018 class calling Florida home, it appears to be working out well for Matt Rhule and company.